"Bekah is an all-around great hitter and pitcher," Gross said. "When it comes to pitching, she can throw all the pitches. (Former Sissonville standout pitcher) Andrea Lewis is my assistant coach and has always been Bekah's pitching coach, so it's going to help us out a lot."
Other returning players that saw action last year that will see an increase in their roles include senior outfielder Emily Shaffer, junior outfielder Jamie Holmes and sophomores Andrea Harmon, Kayla Legg and Katelyn Linville.
Poca - No matter what the Dots record is this year, Poca suffered its toughest loss long before the season begins on March 19.
Poca lost first-team All-State standout Madi McGrew for the season after the senior tore her anterior cruciate ligament in a basketball game against Charleston Catholic on Dec. 28.
McGrew would have been the leading returning hitter in the area in batting average (.564), doubles (17), triples (11) and stolen bases (44).
"She was going to be one of the better players in the state," Coach David Skeen said. "It's a huge loss for us with not only her talent but also her leadership. The girls know it's a great loss."
Poca doesn't return a lot from last year's team, but Skeen will lean heavily on sophomore shortstop Bri Bias and junior center fielder Natalie Parkins.
"We expect a lot from Bri," Skeen said. "She is the one with the most experience offensively and defensively. She has a pretty good bat and she will mature into an even better player. Natalie has real good speed and she will have to lead our offense."
Skeen expects big things from freshman pitcher Tori Ward. Others who will play a lot include Haley Wagner, who must replace McGrew behind the plate, to go along with Rachel Yates and Kendal Sayre, Hannah Bailey and Harley Hutchins.
Charleston Catholic - Kevin Corbett will be looking to return the Irish back to its winning ways and the first-year coach has a good building block to start with in junior shortstop Brianna Ross.
Ross was All-State honorable mention as a freshman and started every game at third base on her way to hitting .371.
However, after Catholic lost five starters, including two first-team All-State players, the Irish suffered through a rough season in 2012. Ross hit .676 but didn't have enough at-bats to qualify and led the team in batting average, runs scored, stolen bases, doubles and triples.
Emma Sovick also returns after batting .429 last season, but also didn't have enough plate appearances with so many mercy-rule defeats. Other starters back include Christina O'Dell, Casey Walker, Katie Pulliam, Allie Persily and Brittany Joseph.